“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” Donald Trump.
Some might question likening a game of football to a battle, or the season as a whole to a war. However the two really aren’t that far apart. Wars aren’t just fought on battlefields; they’re fought in parliaments, boardrooms, and yes, on the pitch. Whilst you can mostly discount the loss of life, the focus on tactics and mobilizing your army (or in this case squad) in order to gain the advantage isn’t that dissimilar. I always want United to win, granted on some days I want it more than others. Or perhaps more accurately, on some days I hate losing more. Generally playing City is one of those times when I so badly want to win… yet right now I’m remarkably calm. I have gained newfound perspective on football in the last few years, something that is proving very handy with the changes that the club is going through. I have never been one to subscribe to negativity, or seen much of a point in mass panic. Looking at the bright side is something that I find to be much more constructive, especially when it comes to football. There are 38 matches to a Premier League season, yet so much is being put on two games and two losses. In my lifetime we have played big games and lost them, and we have done so in seasons where we have gone on to win trophies. We have had worse starts to seasons with both better and lesser squads, and gone on to win trophies. We had Sir Alex Ferguson though… and I suspect the reason that people are panicking now more than before is that this is no longer the case.
One of my main issues with modern football is the general lack of patience that is shown by owners and fans alike. (More …)